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Poster Presentation Explores Co-Variates of Obesity in Young Children

MaiahZarrabi.jpgMaiah Zarrabi, a second year medical student at Quinnipiac's Frank H. Netter School of Medicine, won first place in the poster presentation category at the recent community health leadership conference at the University of Miami.
Her poster, "The Relationship Between Body Mass Index in Children and Insurance Type, Parental Eating Concern, Asthma, and Allergies," was co-developed with Susan Macary and Lisa Honigfeld from CHDI. Her work explored the co-variates of obesity in a sample of young children based on data from CHDI's early childhood assessment record data base.
Maiah analyzed data from almost 1000 early childhood health assessment records maintained by child care sites in several communities across Connecticut. Her results showed strong correlations for 3 and 4 year old children between having public health insurance and/or asthma and being overweight or obese. The implications of these findings for anticipatory guidance and surveillance by child health providers are discussed.